How We Got The Bible By Neil R. Lightfoot

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How We Got the Bible by Neil R. Lightfoot is a book that provides answers to many questions that a person may have about the Bible. In this book you will learn about what materials were first used to write down the words of scripture, and many more interesting things about the Bible that you might not have known, as Neil R. Lightfoot discusses the origin, the passing down of the bible from generation to generation, and the different translations of the
Bible. This book could also be used for a class study, at the end of every chapter there is a summary and some discussion questions. This book makes a good group read, and can also be a book that you can read on your own if you wanted.
The first chapter of this book is titled, “The Making of
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The manuscripts that are being uncovered are papyrus manuscripts, and are very valuable for the New Testament. This explains why there are so many critics about the New Testament because there are still manuscripts being discovered.
Chapter twelve is titled, “The text of the Old Testament”. Reported in this chapter is that the Aleppo Codex and the Leningrad Codex are the best Hebrew Manuscripts. But they date no farther back than to the tenth and eleventh centuries. The ancient translations of the Old
Testament have to be considered secondary witnesses to the text because they are translations, according to chapter thirteen. Most difficulties with the interpretation of the text can be solved by good judgment.
Chapter fourteen of this book is titled, “The Canon of Scriptures”. This chapter states that the word canon represents the list of books used in the Bible. During the time of Jesus, the canon was already very well developed. “Apocrypha” is a word that would mean the same thing as noncanonical books of the Old and New Testaments. The apocrypha is divided into four
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The last chapter of this book is titled, “My Words Will Not Pass Away”.
This is referring to the Bible, all of the manuscripts, and stories of God 's doing and all of his words. This is very truly explained throughout the whole book. It talks about how the Bible and scripture is continuously changing and being revised, but in the end it is all representations of
God 's word.
I enjoyed the information in this book. There were a lot of interesting facts in this book about the creation of the Bible and how we got the Bible. I would recommend this book to anyone that has questions about the Bible that are not being answered in their church or Bible study. Some of the facts that I found interesting was the information about the Bible being written on leather. I did not know this, I had always though the bible was written on papyrus and with clay, which are both facts that were in the first chapter of this book. I also never knew there were different writings of the Bible. I always thought that the translations of the Bible was just from one language to another. Another interesting fact that I had learned in this book was

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